is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Mainz in 1965 and after two years postdoctoral work in the USA returned to the University of Mainz to begin a university career. In 1974 he joined the University of Freiburg as professor of polymer chemistry and became Director of the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry before moving to his present position in 1984. His contributions to the fields of polymers, and solid-state organic chemistry in general, have been recognized through the award of many national and international honors, including, most recently, the Otto Buyer Prize, the Research Prize of the Philipll Morris Foundation, and the Hermann Staudinger Medal of the German Chemical Society.
Polymers and the Environment— current problems and future research
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2004
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Volume 6, Issue 9, pages 629–634, September 1994
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Wegner, G. and Wagemann, K. (1994), Polymers and the Environment— current problems and future research. Adv. Mater., 6: 629–634. doi: 10.1002/adma.19940060902
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